The European Union’s executive branch said it has temporarily banned TikTok from phones used by employees as a cybersecurity measure, reflecting growing concerns among Western officials about the Chinese-owned video-sharing app.
In a first for the European Commission, its governing board has suspended the use of TikTok on devices issued to employees or on personal devices used by employees for work. TikTok is facing increased scrutiny from Europe and the US over security and privacy amid concerns that the wildly popular app could be used to promote pro-Beijing views or sweep users’ information.
It comes as China and the West are locked in a wider tug-of-war over technology from spy balloons to computer chips. The EU action follows similar moves in the US, where more than half of the states and Congress banned TikTok from using official government equipment.
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